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Poster: subterraneangardens Date: Jul 14, 2009 11:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair opens a three-day run near Sultan, Washington, on August 30, 1968.

"On August 30, 1968, the Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair opens a three-day run in a pasture near Sultan, in Snohomish County, Washington. This is one of America's first multi-day, outdoor rock concerts. Among the bands and performers playing at the Sky River Rock Festival are Santana, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton, Country Joe and the Fish, Richard Pryor, Dino Valenti, Byron Pope, It’s a Beautiful Day, Peanut Butter Conspiracy, Alice Stuart Thomas, the Youngbloods, New Lost City Ramblers, and local groups such as Juggernaut and Easy Chair. On the last day, The Grateful Dead arrive unscheduled."

http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&;file_id=5425

HistoryLink.org

This post was modified by subterraneangardens on 2009-07-14 18:59:58

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 14, 2009 5:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair opens a three-day run near Sultan, Washington, on August 30, 1968.

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy rock! They were actually much better than their name might suggest.

http://www.peanutbutterconspiracy.com/

(above site has PBC songs to play free)

Were Easy Chair any relation to The Comfortable Chair?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Comfortable_Chair

This post was modified by cream-puff-war on 2009-07-15 00:39:58

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jul 15, 2009 6:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair opens a three-day run near Sultan, Washington, on August 30, 1968.

from the PBC page:

According to Alan Brackett: "I got together upon John's recommendation with Lance Fent and Jim Voigt and, with the help of Owsley, we learned 50 or so songs in one day and went out that night and got our choice of about three gigs in Hollywood. We played at the Sea Witch on Sunset Blvd. as the Crossing Guards. We were a power trio, and then John and Barbara joined back up with us and we changed our name to the PBC. The PBC was a name that Jim Voigt came up with-- actually it was the Peanut Butter Controversy originally, but we changed it to Conspiracy right away."

hawhawhawhaw :)

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 15, 2009 7:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair opens a three-day run near Sultan, Washington, on August 30, 1968.

You've probably heard of Peanut Butter Controversy's original drummer, who left in late 1966 when PBC emerged from The Ashes to become better known as Peanut Butter Conspiracy...

(see attached file for pic of the original line-up*, formed in Los Angeles in 1966 out of a folk-rock group, The Ashes, who included John Merrill (guitar/ vocals), Alan Brackett (bass/ vocals), Barbara "Sandi" Robison (vocals), Spencer Dryden (drums) and Jim Cherniss (guitar/ vocals). The group had earlier been known as The Young Swingers, who released two obscure singles. The Ashes released one single in 1966 on the Vault label, "Is There Anything I Can Do?" written by Jackie DeShannon. Dryden then left The Ashes to replace Skip Spence in Jefferson Airplane, Robison left to give birth, and the group temporarily disbanded.

Alan Brackett hooked up with a new guitarist, Lance Baker Fent, and a new drummer, Jim Voigt, naming the new trio The Crossing Guards. Merrill and Robison rejoined, and the five-piece band became The Peanut Butter Conspiracy.)

*The Ashes - L to R: Alan Brackett, Spencer Dryden, Barbara Robison, Jim Cherniss, John Merrill







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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jul 14, 2009 12:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair opens a three-day run near Sultan, Washington, on August 30, 1968.

Here is another link, a 1968 article from Rolling Stone magazine about the festival.

http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/thegratefuldead/articles/story/5935646/sky_river_rock_groove

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 14, 2009 5:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Sky River Rock Festival and Lighter Than Air Fair opens a three-day run near Sultan, Washington, on August 30, 1968.

No mention in Rolling Stone's article about Peanut Butter Conspiracy. No surprise there.

Ah, but HP Lovecraft is mentioned having played the festival.

They were quite good.
Live material exists by them, nicely recorded back in the day.